The Art Hall has been transformed into a land of enchantment: the precious art work of Carolina Allen has ensouled the space with magic!
The night of the opening reception surpassed all our imaginations as Carolina tenderly shared a story she tells at The Mother Tree, her Waldorf preschool in Eugene, a tale familiar to many cultures by various titles, including The Treasure or Isaac’s Dream. Masterfully relating the legend to dominant themes from her own biography along her path to finding art, Carolina filled our senses with that very present moment of her beauty and love.
True to Carolina’s lyrical nature we were also treated to the surprise of a poetry reading: one of seven of her poems, some with illustrations, placed around the hall, like butterflies reminding us that beauty is everywhere.
It was also an evening filled with warmth and family: Carolina’s older daughter, Aliana, shooting photos of the event (all the posted photos are hers); younger daughter, Lori, present after spending the day in Cedarwood’s Grade 8 class; and her lovely parents, two lively octogenarians, Alicia and Jack, who drove all the way from the Bay Area with works on loan for the exhibit.
In addition to original work for sale, giclée prints of many of the pieces in the show, some lent by their patrons, are available, along with beautiful greeting cards. The artist will donate 50% of her sales from the exhibit to The Art Hall for the support of future exhibits (and—eventually—new gallery-quality lighting!).
You can meet Carolina and her work at the annual Cedarwood Magical Winter Faire, the day after her exhibit comes down, on Saturday, December 5. Please come!